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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,116 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 102003

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


There was pulsating from the front disc brakes when stopping.

- West Point, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 202007

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the brake system has a design flaw. He can depress the brake pedal as hard as possible but the rear brakes do not engage. This failure causes the front brakes to overwork and damage several rotors. The contact changed the brake pads four times in almost four years. The brakes fail more at higher speeds (55 mph) and it is more difficult to stop the vehicle when the road is wet. The current mileage is 88,000 and failure mileage was 50,000.

- Bonnie, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 222006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Breaks on Toyota Tundra are defective and Toyota knows about it as stated in tsb #BR004-02. My front brakes have worn out prematurely. The only reason that I have not experienced the problem sooner is that I mainly use the truck for occasional long distance highway trips. I am experiencing vibration when applying the brakes and they wore out prematurely. Numerous other customers have complained about this issue as well. Based on some of these additional complaints, Toyota is doing everything possible to avoid fixing the problem. Please refer to these additional complaints posted on this blog:

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 062002

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,466 miles
My brakes have had recurring severe vibration problems almost since new. It got bad enough for the dealership to replace my rotors, drums, pads, shoes and bearings two times in the first 13700 miles, as well as turning the rotors and drums at other times. The last time we test drove the truck, it started doing it again with the Toyota customer relations manager along for the ride. At that time he advised filing a complaint with Toyota for arbitration. With the track record of this vehicle being what it is, I don't think the problem can be corrected to my satisfaction.

- Hildebran, NC, USA

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